Tragic statistics show high rates of depression and suicide amongst LGBTQ+ youth.
A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed 41.8 percent of transgender U.S. youth have stated that they had attempted suicide. The best estimate for suicide attempts amongst all Americans 18 or older is .6%, according to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention–a difference of almost 70 times. The Human Rights Campaign found, in a 2018 survey conducted with the University of Connecticut, that 79 percent of LGBTQ teenagers had felt “depressed or down over the past week” with only 26 percent saying they “always feel safe in their school classrooms.”
This reality is behind the urgent and persistent mental health concerns. The same survey found that 67 percent of respondents had “heard family members” make disparaging comments about the LGBTQ community. With depression rates already rising across all groups, surveys like this reveal the ongoing crisis within the LGBTQ community. Legislation like the Matthew Shepard Act, passed in 2009, added gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disabilities to federal hate-crime laws. However, these studies reveal there still exists a growing crisis.
The Trevor Project is providing support to LGBTQ youth in crisis.
The Trevor Project runs the TrevorLifeline, staffed with trained counselors to provide support, 24/7. The Trevor Project supports young people who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk. The TrevorLifeline can be reached at 1-866-488-7386.